Cut the Grass

Bye-Bye, Lawn: Four Great Alternatives to Grass Landscaping

Give your mower—and nature—a break with these alternatives to turf.

10/01/2019 By Su Byron and Marty Fugate

Last Straw

What You Need to Know About Sarasota’s City Ordinance Banning Plastic Straws and Polystyrene

Sidewalk café businesses must begin following the ordinance on Jan. 1, 2020; for those who hold special event permits the ban begins on Aug. 19, 2020; and for those who lease city-owned land on the date their lease renews.

10/01/2019 By Megan McDonald

This is Halloween

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Halloween Events in Sarasota

From haunted hayrides to ghostly tours, discover how to stay in fine spirits this season.

10/01/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Media

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Introduces New Podcast

Episodes will be released twice a month and feature interviews with SMH experts covering a wide range of topics.

09/30/2019 By Staff

Green party

New North Port Farmers' Market Kicks Off Wednesday

The list of vendors includes a number of names familiar from other local farmers' markets, like Maggie's Seafood, Mr. Fun Guy, Fermentlicious and more.

09/30/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Weekend Planner

Your Top 6 Things to Do: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Ski-A-Rees kicks off its fall show season, a big Venice Beach party, the Sarasota Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Fifth and more.

09/26/2019 By Ilene Denton

Theater

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Launches 'Single Ticket Club'

The program offers tickets for theater lovers who don't have anyone to attend shows with and don’t like to go alone.

09/25/2019 By Staff

Grants

Easterseals Southwest Florida Receives Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Grant

The $6,500 grant will be used to provide respite care and case management services to Lakewood Ranch families.

09/25/2019 By Staff

Elections

Ballots for Nov. 5 City of Venice General Election Scheduled for Mailing

A total of 5,177 ballots are scheduled for the initial mailing, followed by daily mailings through Monday, Oct. 28.

09/25/2019 By Staff

Human Resources

Local Human Resources Association Announces Annual HR Conference, Expo

The event will take place Friday, Oct. 11, at Laurel Oak Country Club.

09/25/2019 By Staff

Weekly Planner

Italian Wine Dinners, 'Kiltober' and More of This Week's Best Food and Drink Events

Also on the menu: lessons on how to cook with apples and how to eat a plant-based diet on a budget.

09/25/2019 By Sarafina Murphy-Gibson

Lectures

New College of Florida Presents 'Religion in Sarasota' Series

Talks will focus on religious identity, mindfulness, faith and ethics.

09/24/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

Joel Schleicher Named Chair of Florida Talent Development Council

Schleicher, of Sarasota, is the founder and executive chairman of Focal Point Data Risk.

09/23/2019 By Staff

Got Cheese?

We Got the Skinny on the Trendy Keto Diet

The diet has now become so popular that food companies are creating products—even full meals—to allow dieters to maintain the low-carb, high-fat eating plan.

09/23/2019 By Hannah Wallace

It's edible gourd season, people

Three Delectable Pumpkin Treats (And One Recipe for Tasty Pumpkin Napoleons)

Today is the first day of fall, and Chef Judi couldn't be more excited.

09/23/2019 By Judi Gallagher

Politics

Vern Buchanan Hires Bradenton Resident as Press Secretary

Before joining Buchanan's office, Chloe Conboy worked as a digital content producer for ABC7.

09/20/2019 By Staff

Economy

Florida Job Growth Remains Strong

The state added 213,000 private-sector jobs in August.

09/20/2019 By Staff

Health News

DOH-Sarasota Will Host Teen Health Fair

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ringling College of Art and Design's Goldstein Library.

09/19/2019 By Staff

Real Estate

Single-Family Home Sales Increase in Sarasota-Manatee; Inventory Decreases

Median single-family home prices declined in Sarasota County, to $280,000, but increased in Manatee, to $317,000.

09/19/2019 By Staff

Gardening

Mark Your Calendar for These Six Fall Plant Fairs

The Sarasota Succulent Society’s fall sale, a Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair and more.

09/19/2019 By Ilene Denton